SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING12 Apr 2021
IHG Hotels & Resorts debuts the first Crowne Plaza resort on Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam
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Singapore – IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, will open the new-built 308-room Crowne Plaza Phu Quoc Starbay resort in Q2 2021 on Phu Quoc Island, which is an island recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2006. Situated along the unspoilt Bai Dai beach, just northwest of the island, the resort is a 40-minutes’ drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, and 30 minutes from downtown.

The emphasis on connection and productivity are purposeful design hallmarks representing the new era of Crowne Plaza hotels globally. With a philosophy of building hotels for the future, the new look Crowne Plaza leans on design aspects that move guests seamlessly between work time and downtime, including the ‘Plaza Workspace’ – a new take on the traditional hotel lobby space, offering inspiring surroundings where hotel guests and locals can feel comfortable to do some work, enjoy a coffee over a business meeting or socialise with friends and families.

Designed by the award-winning eco-id architects, Crowne Plaza Phu Quoc Starbay offers 308 stylish guest rooms including 10 villas and 22 suites, ranging from 40sqm to 411sqm. Each offers an expansive balcony overlooking t the ocean on one side or t the island’s native greenery on the other side. Set in subdued ocean and earth tones, the contemporary interior is inspired by the vernacular culture of fishing and weaving and anchors the resort experience to the tranquility of its stunning Bai Dai beachfront location.

From USB outlets and charging stations throughout the resort to unlimited high-speed wifi, the generously sized guestrooms are brimming with technology-led features designed to blend the 9-to-5, 5-to-9 day. Accompanied by Crowne Plaza’s Sleep Advantage programme, which includes pillow menus, botanical-based amenities, the guestrooms are there to restore, inspire and rejuvenate.

Other resort facilities that encourage guests to relax and unwind include two swimming pools – a sheltered Olympic-length 50 metres lap pool and a lagoon fun pool, a gym, and the Hoa Sim spa, a serene oasis with four individual treatment rooms. The resort offers two distinctive dining venues including Horizons Restaurant - Lounge – Bar, which boasts of an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. Amber Sands Beach Club offers beachfront dining coupled with a fire dance performance and a spectacular sunset view; guests can savour a selection of fresh locally sourced seafood and prime cuts of meat served a la minute in its open-fire kitchen.

The resort’s Tribe Kids Club invites children to become wildlife adventurers in a day camp setting.

With 416 square metres of dedicated space across a Grand Ballroom and three meeting rooms, the resort will continue to have a strong focus on meetings and events, ranging from corporate functions to weddings for up to 480 people.